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By: Andrew Pateras

John Lock and the Smoke Monster

Tags: Travel, Photography, Fiji

If you watch the TV series “Lost”, then you can picture the place that I am staying at right now. I arrived in Waya Lailai, Fiji yesterday and I expected Hugo and Jin to greet me as the boat pulled up. What an amazing place!  From the second I arrived this place reminded me of “The Island”.  A beautiful beach, thick jungle and a massive grey stone peak right behin...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Shipwrecked… and Loving Every Minute

Tags: Travel, Fiji, Photography

My morning today started with a nice breakfast at my posh resort and then a 30 minute drive through many local villages to the port. I knew the luxury was about to end as I boarded the catamaran for a five hour trip to the north western Yasewa Island group. A funny thing about the catamaran ride was one of the songs that played on the way. The song was “I’m sitting on the Top of Kilima...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Another “Great” Drive

Tags: Travel, Photography

Last summer I drove the coast of California for the second time. The sequel to anything is rarely better than the first, but in that case the second time around was much better. Two years ago, I drove The Great Ocean Road and I decided to test the same theory. It turns out, sequels rock!  Yesterday, I had my alarm set for 4:45am as I was planning to catch the sunrise over Australia’s Su...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

A Lesson in Aussie English

Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia

  Aside from the accent, understanding Aussie English was a chore at first. They use a lot of slang and shorten almost every word. I don’t know if it is just because a lot of my Aussie “relos” are “truckies”, but they tend to curse more than anyone I have encountered in my travels! Below you will find a list of some of the more common Aussie slang words. If you ...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

G'Day Mate!

Tags: Travel, Photography, Australia

After spending a night in Dubai to recharge, my first destination is Australia. It is one of my favourite countries on earth but I am not doing much touring here, as I saw almost the entire country only two years ago. I was just planning on visiting some relatives and catching up with some friends while I am here.  Aside from seeing some of the Pateras family down under, I have already had an...Read More

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How do you Pack for 128 Days of Travel?

Tags: Travel, Photography, Questions

I leave in two days and I still don''t know the answer to that question!  This next expedition spans across four continents, over 20 countries and almost every time zone on Earth. I will be above and below the equator on over 30 flights, travelling more than one hundred thousand kilometres. That is over a quarter of the way to the moon or more than twice around the world at the equato...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Australia’s Cosmopolitan City

Tags: Melbourne , Australia, Travel, Photography

  Out of all the cities I have visited, Melbourne is the place that reminds of home the most. There is a very vibrant, multicultural feel with different areas of the city home to different nationalities and backgrounds. For instance, Lygon Street is Melbourne’s version of the Danforth with Greek pastry shops, restaurants and cafes lining both sides of the boulevard. The downtown core i...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Fly Emirates

Tags: andrew pateras,blog,travel,photography

Well, the journey has begun. I am writing to you from my hotel room in Dubai, courtesy of Emirates. Because my flight to Melbourne does not leave until the morning, Emirates has put me up in a hotel with all meals included. Let’s see Air Canada do that!  Being the travel fanatic that I am, I have flown countless airlines in my lifetime. None stands out in my mind more than Emirates. Fly...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Fly Emirates

Tags: Travel, Photography, Airports

Well, the journey has begun. I am writing to you from my hotel room in Dubai, courtesy of Emirates. Because my flight to Melbourne does not leave until the morning, Emirates has put me up in a hotel with all meals included. Let’s see Air Canada do that!  Being the travel fanatic that I am, I have flown countless airlines in my lifetime. None stands out in my mind more than Emirates. Fly...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

How do you Pack for 128 Days of Travel?

Tags: andrew pateras,travel,photography

I leave in two days and I still don''t know the answer to that question!  This next expedition spans across four continents, over 20 countries and almost every time zone on Earth. I will be above and below the equator on over 30 flights, travelling more than one hundred thousand kilometres. That is over a quarter of the way to the moon or more than twice around the world at the equato...Read More